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What work best to treat poison ivy or oak?

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Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Corticosteroids: First, you must avoid the exposure and wash all clothing and tools that might have the sap on them as the sap can be active for up to 6 months. Mild cases can respond to topical steroid creams but more extensive or severe cases need oral corticosteroids. Poin ivy on the eye can cause blindness and needs to evaluated and treated by a physician immediately. Antihistamines will not clear the rash.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What will help treat poison ivy, oak, or sumac?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Poison ivy: Poison ivy treatments are usually limited to self-care methods, and the rash typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks. In the meantime, you can use poison ivy remedies, such as oatmeal baths and cool compresses, as well as over-the-counter anti-itch medications to relieve your signs and symptoms. In severe cases topical and oral cortisone is needed.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How to treat poison ivy, oak , sumac fast?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
What to do.: There are specific products that you can buy that will wash the urushiol off. Some options of treating poison ivy include calamine lotion, oatmeal soaks, Hydrocortisone cream and antihistamines. Anything which has touched urushiol from the poison ivy /oak etc needs to be cleaned (clothes, shoes, gear etc.) oral steroids are sometimes indicated.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Cures for poison ivy and oak?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Not really a "cure": Technically there really isn't a "cure". Most every patient will recover without doing anything. However, treatment certainly makes one feel a heck of a lot better in the process. Poison ivy and oak and sumac are all allergic reactions to the resin on the plants. If you are allergic (and many people are or will be) then you will have a reaction every time you have contact with the plant.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Whats the best treatment for poison ivy or oak?

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Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Many: There are several things that can help. Probably the most common things are otc, like calamine lotion and topical steroids. Sometimes patients need prescription topical steroids and others require systemic steroids. It really depends on each patient and the severity of the reaction.

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